SAPD: Officer 'forced to fire' at armed suicidal man

Officers Forced to Fire at armed man

SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Police Department said an officer was forced to shoot a 58-year-old suicidal man who was armed on the northeast side Monday afternoon.

SAPD said officers were working to secure a scene involving an "armed suicidal man" around 1 p.m. in the 10000 block of Nacogdoches Road.

The man reportedly works as a mechanic and retrieved a rifle from a mechanic shop in the area. Police said he was pointing it at his head and mouth.

During a press conference at the scene, police chief William McManus said it wasn't exactly clear why the man was suicidal, but it involved the man's ex wife.

McManus said two officers tried for 20 minutes to deescalate the situation, but one officer was "eventually forced to fire."

"They ran out of time," McManus said.

One officer shot the man once in the leg and once in the abdomen. According to SAPD, that officer is a 12-year veteran of the department. He has reportedly been placed on administrative leave.

The armed man was taken to the San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment. McManus said he could be charged with assault of a police officer.

This is a developing story, and Kens5.com will continue to post updates as they become available.

(© 2016 KENS)


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